TORONTO, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The restaurant industry recognizes the
serious issue of childhood obesity, as outlined in the Healthy Kids
Panel report released today in Ontario. The Canadian Restaurant and
Foodservices Association (CRFA) and its members are committed to being
part of the solution.
The report's recommendation to require calorie posting on menus and menu
boards is not inconsistent with work well underway in Ontario. CRFA
and its members have been working with provinces, territories and other
stakeholders across the country on a national Informed Dining program
to ensure parents have the nutrition information they need to make an
informed choice in chain restaurants before ordering. The industry is
committed to meet the nutritional needs of all customers, including
parents, who are also asking for information on sodium; carbohydrates;
fat and fibre; rather than a singular focus on calories, as recommended
in the report.
"The Healthy Kids Panel report gives us the opportunity to take the
Informed Dining program over the finish line," said CRFA's Vice
President, Ontario, Stephanie Jones.
"Now that the panel has delivered its recommendations, we look forward
to working with the government to deliver complete and consistent
nutrition information to restaurant-goers in Ontario.
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. Canada's restaurant industry employs
more than one million people in communities across the country.
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
For further information:
CONTACT: Stephanie Jones, 416-738-9546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.